Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson

George L. Jackson Jean Genet Jonathan Jackson Jr. / Feb 26, 2020

Soledad Brother The Prison Letters of George Jackson A collection of Jackson s letters from prison Soledad Brother is an outspoken condemnation of the racism of white America and a powerful appraisal of the prison system that failed to break his spirit

  • Title: Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson
  • Author: George L. Jackson Jean Genet Jonathan Jackson Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781556522307
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • A collection of Jackson s letters from prison, Soledad Brother is an outspoken condemnation of the racism of white America and a powerful appraisal of the prison system that failed to break his spirit but eventually took his life Jackson s letters make palpable the intense feelings of anger and rebellion that filled black men in America s prisons in the 1960s But even reA collection of Jackson s letters from prison, Soledad Brother is an outspoken condemnation of the racism of white America and a powerful appraisal of the prison system that failed to break his spirit but eventually took his life Jackson s letters make palpable the intense feelings of anger and rebellion that filled black men in America s prisons in the 1960s But even removed from the social and political firestorms of the 1960s, Jackson s story still resonates for its portrait of a man taking a stand even while locked down.

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      • George L. Jackson Jean Genet Jonathan Jackson Jr.

        George Lester Jackson was an African American left wing activist, Marxist, author, a member of the Black Panther Party, and co founder of the Black Guerrilla Family Jackson achieved fame as one of the Soledad Brothers and was later shot to death by guards in San Quentin Prison.


    1. What can I say about George. This is a troublesome one for me. George got done for robbing a petrol station in California -- a $70 heist -- and got one year to life as a sentence. He was advised to plead guilty, on the understanding that the one year part of the deal would see him out of the clink in next to no time. In fact, he spent the next decade -- his term started in 1960 -- in prison. At the time, the California penal system (is it any different now) was intensely racist, pitting blacks, [...]

    2. An awesome read from the mind of an intelligent man who sadly got caught up into the system of violence and crime. A man who grew up in the midst of racism and was convinced that all white people were evil and not to be trusted, and if white men in particular had the chance they would put all black men behind bars and throw away the key. Great writings by a man who had demons that he never could exorcise and in the end, sadly it cost both his life, his younger brother's life and others as well. [...]

    3. A classic in its time, Soledad Brother is the autobiographical story of George Jackson who was arrested at 19 for stealing $70 at gunpoint from a gas station and sentenced to a one year to life in prison. In prison, he became politically aware and read widely: Mao, Lenin, Marx and joined the Black Panther party. This book talks about his self-education during years of solitary confinement and the injustice in the penal system heavily weighted against african-americans. It is a fascinating read a [...]

    4. i'm a rather big fan of george jackson. i hate to say this, but it was very hard for me to get through his letters to his parents. his views on women gave me a twitch by the time i was half way through. but then i sort of changed my perspective, cuz he wasn't writing this for publication. he is after all in jail writing his parents and all in all he has a lot to be angry about. so in a way the most offensive parts gave me a lot to think about. his letters do become more like the writing he becam [...]

    5. I've had in on my to-read forever. What better time to finally dive in than when assigned a report based on Jackson's experiences in the California prisons.Jackson's eloquence, insight, and passion are apparent on every page. Every thoughtful penned word speaks volumes for what he experienced, what he saw, and what he was trying to communicate. And, that says a lot, when you know there must be worlds of words unsaid. And worlds of understanding lost between the lines.

    6. Extremely powerful. This is a book that I think every American should read. It's an important piece of American history. Through the life of George Jackson, we see what true discipline and strength is. His words still ring in my ear as if he were speaking directly to me. Through George's letters we see what kind of struggle that Blacks had to deal with within the penal system and how a person can truly be a political prisoner.

    7. An insightful portrait of a young, Black man during the last half of the 1960s. George Jackson's letters contain truth, hope, anger, love, bitterness - all the conflicting emotions a man in his situation knows. Though somewhat tainted my his displays of misogyny and condescension toward his mother, George Jackson's words are still valid today and should be read, specifically, by those interested in reforming the prison system.

    8. The letters back and forth between George and his brother are a great snapshot of the period and the love of a brother for his sibling.

    9. This book shows first hand the potential that resides in a human being to elevate beyond his upbringing & circumstances. George ended up being one of the most influential people during the movement.

    10. Soledad Brother was an insightful glimpse into the mind of George Jackson, a Black man in America who had varied experiences, all of which placed him outside of the norm. Since childhood he appeared to have a rebellious spirit, which caused him to engage in harmful behaviors, and eventually led to him becoming a criminal - and prison inmate. While imprisoned, George Jackson became an outspoken critic of racism, and a revolutionary who was a strong advocate for communism. By reading the book, whi [...]

    11. The contemporary U.S. imaginary of the prison system is deeply flawed. People imagine the open halls of Orange is the New Black, the permeable boxes of Shawshank Redemption, or the discrete set pieces of numerous police procedurals. The imaginary is one that envisions prisons as places of self-discovery, growth, thrift, and development. In truth, it is none of those things, despite the rare and wretched few who wrench something of value from the hellholes of the U.S. prison system. One such man [...]

    12. "We die too easily. We forgive and forget too easily." - George JacksonThere are sublime moments in this book. Jackson's terse and compelling autobiography at the beginning, or his letter two days after his little brother is shot and killed. Masterpieces. Jean Genet's introduction to the original edition, placed at the end of this edition, is also compelling to read. And the general tone of a person locked up on an indefinite sentence and constantly at the mercy of guards and parole boards -- it [...]

    13. If blacks were to finally and effectively take their part in the capitalist quest long dominated by Europeans and recently the U.S whom would they kidnap, subjugate, colonize or enslave to do their bidding? When blacks followed white bids for representation and equality with their own, like the Haitian Revolution following after the American and French Revolution, they were ruthlessly put down for following the obvious path of “do as I do” instead of “do as I say”. Strange that America w [...]

    14. This book was, in turns, both hard to get through and hard to put down. Jackson's earlier letters to his parents swing starkly between the universal painful anguish of a young adult (in the vein of "No one understands me! I'll never speak to you again!")--complete with scathing condescension--and the clarity and eloquence of a dedicated scholar and revolutionary. He alternates between calling his parents by "mama and father" and their first names, usually indicating his emotional state at the ti [...]

    15. This is a collection of letters written from prison by George Jackson, political prisoner for 10 years during the 60s era, before being murdered by prison guards in 1971. Serving a 1 year-to-life sentence for stealing $70 from a store, Jackson is constantly refused parole for being a political troublemaker. Finally, he was framed for the murder of a prison guard in 1970 along with 2 other black inmates, and this led the Black Panthers to recruit him as a spokesperson. Jackson then became a natio [...]

    16. It's hard to get through his earlier letters to his family when he is just a sexist shit head. I have a very hard time taking even the most grossly marginalized person seriously when they spin around and pull the same crap elsewhere. But then, it's despairingly common for those discriminated against to turn around and just regurgitate the same garbage onto those they feel they can still hold power over. Vomit as a defense mechanism, lovely. And I doubt he ever thought his earlier letters would b [...]

    17. Super great book--George Jackson was far ahead of his time. I believe the advantage of parochial school give him an incite in white America that typical African Americans were not expose to until venturing out into the world. The confusion, experiences and philosophy of the setting weighs in vastly in reference to his formal education. Coupled with the aforementioned, the perils of his blackness, incarceration, injustice, and downright bigotry help to shape this mans outlook on life, in which I [...]

    18. I read this book shortly after it came out while I was in college, and came back to read it again after thinking a lot about Bob Dylan's song "George Jackson."I found that what I remembered from the first read was the revolutionary George Jackson, but this book is much more than that.The first two-thirds consists primarily of letters to his mother and father. The final third is letters to a variety of people including his attorney, supporters on his Defense Committee, and Angela Davis.Taken as a [...]

    19. Welcome to the American Justice System. What is created here? Take a read.Now, go onto 'the other Wes Moore.' Ask the question, would George condemn the free Wes? Talk of revolution, incorporation, slavery. Sure, we all have a voice.Even as a slave. What cultural, economic set ups can prepare the human condition to thrive in a limited atmosphere?You think you have an answer. Make it happen. Otherwise, you'd better remember the lessons of cultures past. And, there are a lot of them. All failed.Je [...]

    20. "He listened while I scorned the diabolical dog - capitalism. Didn't it raise pigs and murder Vietnamese? Didn't it glut some and starve most of us? Didn't it build housing projects that resemble prisons and luxury hotels and apartments that resemble the Hanging Gardens on the same street? Didn't it build a hospital and then a bomb? Didn't it erect a school and then open a whorehouse? Build an airplane to sell a tranquilizer tablet? For every church didn't it construct a prison? For each new med [...]

    21. As a book it drags somewhat in the middle with Jackson's early letters to his parents. Those are mostly repetitious and could have been trimmed somewhat. Obviously Jackson wasn't writing those with publication in mind though. Otherwise this is excellent. Jackson's political consciousness transforms and advances as the letters progress. This is especially noticeable in his attitude towards women. Read it, then go do as comrade Jackson did and read Lenin, Marx, Mao, Che, Giap, Uncle Ho, Nkrumah, F [...]

    22. Maybe I'm racist, maybe I should of given it more of a chance But I did not enjoy the point of view of Mr. Jackson. He is a communist, a black supremacist (does that even exist?) and he basically hates Europeans.All of his views are completely understandable given his position and his race, but I do not sympathize with him nor his cause. Especially not the communist leanings. It became rather clear quite early on in the book what I was in store for and I just couldn't bear to sit through a barra [...]

    23. Jackson boils down the "race issue" to a matter of capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism. He was, after all, a revolutionary Maoist, and his insights are as valuable as Malcolm X's but without NOI cult stuff. What prevents me from giving this a higher number of stars, however, is his naivete about the realities of communism as it was practiced in China and the Eastern Bloc. Also, his earlier sexism is off-putting, but that wanes in his last years as the influence of women, particularly Angela [...]

    24. The opening intro: "In 1960, at the age of eighteen, George Jackson was accused of stealing $70 from a gas station in Los Angeles. Though there was evidence of his innocence, his court-appointed lawyer maintained that because Jackson had a record (two instances of petty crime, he should plead guilty in exchange for a light sentence in the county jail). Ten years later, still in prison, George L. Jackson was gunned down in a prison yard. Letters to other folks often tell you more than a work of n [...]

    25. An early version of this book was good because it had an extensive chapter on reloading ammunition to save money when target practicing. More recent editions of the book bowdlerized this critical and informative section.If you like to read letters from some guy on Death Row, this is your book. Machiavelli's THE PRINCE or THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY by Boethius are much better books, but SOLEDAD BROTHER is worth reading for insight into Jackson, a minor historical footnote.

    26. historyisaweapon/defcoFrom Richard Wright to George Jackson, the blacks are stripping themselves of all the presbyterian and biblical rags: their voices are rawer, blacker, more accusing, more implacable, tearing away any reference to the cynical cheats of the religious establishment. Their voices are more singular, and singular too in what they seem to agree upon: to denounce the curse not of being black, but captive.

    27. Soledad Brother was just okay I guess I had a different expectation for the book. It was Jackson's letters to family, friends and lawyers however not much detail was in the letters. Eventually he was murdered, so it's good the letters survived. The letters were written at a time when the a lot of events were volatile in the United States however we all survived. I gave this book a two, but will recommend it to family and friends.

    28. This book was abit difficult to grasp on many levels although it holds alot of truths it also is not reasonable in its output.Several of the points stated by George in this book is already proving wrong in its output.Although George tends to mention that his view is not confined like most Americans,i find it is extremely boxed.

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